Category list : Adult nursing
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Deep brain stimulation aims to improve motor performance and quality of life in people with Parkinson’s disease, and reduce the need for medication
Healthcare-associated infections can have devastating consequences for patients and be costly for providers. A new Nursing Times Learning unit, funded by Medipal, focuses on key principles of infection prevention and control
A study has explored how patients who had self-harmed experienced their care on an acute medical unit at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital
Compassion is key in nursing, but are interventions designed to foster it effective? A systematic review found that the evidence is too weak to allow us to draw firm conclusions
Should nurses be expected to act as role models of a healthy lifestyle? A study found that opinions on the matter differ widely among participants talking from different viewpoints
Pain assessment in trauma and orthopaedic patients is complicated by the fact that many cannot communicate verbally. Observing behaviour is key and using observational tools can help. This article is accompanied by a self-assessment questionnaire so you can test your knowledge after reading it
Through a democratic exercise involving service users as well as professionals, a research team has determined an agenda with five priorities to improve basic care in hospital
“What difference can a student nurse make though?”
Homoeostasis is central to life. Vital signs measure homoeostasis and are therefore key in restoring patients to health. This article is accompanied by a self-assessment questionnaire so you can test your knowledge after reading it
An observational study in two acute care wards found that the practice of nurse rounding can be a long way away from its original aim of improving patient safety and experience
A caution issued by the Nursing and Midwifery Council raises concerns regarding nurses’ ability to decide to withhold cardiopulmonary resuscitation
A study investigating stress and anxiety among NHS staff provides insights into why the caring professions may feel uncared for. This article comes with a handout for a journal club discussion
The principles of new public management have harmed the NHS, which needs leadership styles as compassionate towards staff as they are towards patients
A former critical care nurse conducted a project to reduce the wastage of red blood cell units and promote single-unit transfusions. This article comes with a handout for a journal club discussion
A recent report highlights the extent of the gap between physical and mental health care in acute hospitals, where patients’ co-existing mental health conditions are often ignored
A literature review investigates access to healthcare for people who identify as transgender and explores the impact of discrimination on care delivery. This article comes with a handout for a journal club discussion
'The day I started to feel like a nurse'Subscription
On the day you qualified, after you’d passed the exams, collected your badge and certificate, did you feel that you were a nurse?
Many nurses lack confidence and skills in evaluating or undertaking research. A support group in Cambridge helps nurses embrace research to ensure their practice is always evidence-based
A patient is a member of a familySubscription
We talk about a holistic approach to care but often fail to provide comfort and support to the people that matter the most to patients; their families
The normal ageing process brings about changes to the cardiovascular system that mean the heart works less efficiently. What exactly happens and why?
In her blog, adult branch student editor Lucy Williams writes an open letter to Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt on the reality of nursing today.
As a student nurse, the first death we experience is sort of a rite of passage - a moment which will always be etched in our memory.
“Why you should take vitamin D as you get older: High doses reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses by 40%,” the Mail Online reports.
A “significant expansion” in nurse training places is being planned at some universities next year to coincide with the switch to a loans system for healthcare students in England, according to the national NHS workforce planning body.
More days off and increased continuity of care for patients are the most notable benefits of twelve hour shifts, but there’s no denying that they can be physically and mentally draining
'Nursing isn't just about saving lives'Subscription
In her first blog, adult branch student editor Lucy Williams discusses how one placement has changed her career path for the better
This is my final blog. I’m allowed to feel emotional, right? I hope the new editors enjoy their time as much as I did – and if you’re in your first year, apply next year.
Integrating mental and physical healthcareSubscription
Registered adult and mental health nurses participated in a job rotation programme so they could meet the physical and mental healthcare needs of patients
My year as a student editor is nearly over; I only have one blog left after this one and I’ve been struggling with what to write lately.
Universities have recruited “significantly less” numbers of students to adult nurse training places than was planned in recent months, which is expected to leave almost 300 course places empty by the end of the year, the national workforce planning body has said.
'Is being a nurse ruining your health?'Subscription
Recently I’ve been a bit of a mess; I’ve let work get on top of me and have been juggling those personal things that just seem to crop up at inconvenient times
A study focused on the provision of “good” and dignified care, what health professionals perceive this to include and exactly what they need to do to provide it
I’ve spent the last ten weeks on an older people’s rehabilitation ward where the patients are quite unwell; they need help to wash, dress, eat and get to the toilet
The impact of animals on patient wellbeingSubscription
Animals can have a profound effect on the health and wellbeing of the people who care for them so every nurse should consider this when compiling patients’ care plans
Now I’m in the middle of my third year I’m finding that I’m reflecting more on why I started a career in nursing
After spending a week as an inpatient on an NHS ward, Josephine realised how little privacy patients have in a ward environment.
'This kind of nursing isn’t for everybody'Subscription
Keeley Roe is working to give sexual assault victims their power back
Gathering, right from the time of admission, information that will be key for discharge is one of those ‘small things’ that can improve discharge from hospital, argues Liz Lees-Deutsch
I feel I’ve moaned my way through this degree
Professional boundaries between nurses and their patients and relatives can be blurred. Narratives can help us reflect on where these boundaries lie in practice
‘Nursing has opened my eyes. And I see the vulnerable being targeted’
The lack of a single registration for nurses trained in both physical and mental health is a workforce education model “built for asylums”, a chief nurse at a London mental health provider has said.
Empathy is a complex concept. Patient narratives can help nurses to understand and recognise situations when empathy is required
Primary immune deficiency in bronchiectasisSubscription
Adult patients living with primary immune deficiency and bronchiectasis require early diagnosis and prompt medical treatment to improve and maintain their health status
A new master’s level degree that will lead to dual registration as a mental health and adult nurse is being launched by a London university.
Nursing the Acutely Ill Adult Case BookSubscription
’This textbook is much needed in the current context of increased patient acuity and bed occupancy, shorter hospital stays, and the new work being done in the area of early recognition of the deteriorating patient.’
Patients’ narratives can help nurses reflect on the language they use to explain treatment and care to patients as their choice of words can be easily misinterpreted
Using volunteers to support end-of-life careSubscription
One trust established a volunteer support service to offer patients nearing the end of life, and their families, much-needed emotional support
Medical-Surgical Nursing, 8th editionSubscription
’Although this is written for the adult nursing student, this book would be a valuable resource for the whole nursing team.’
The validity of consent may be affected by the power imbalance between health professionals and patients. Nurses need to reflect on these power inequalities